An Ellsworth Township couple charged with abusing their mentally-challenged family member has turned themselves in to police.
The Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office issued warrants on Friday for Heather K. Wymer, 30, and her husband, Michael K. Wymer, 35. The couple was indicted Thursday by a Mahoning County grand jury on charges of fourth-degree felony assault, fourth-degree felony failing to provide for a functionally impaired person and two counts of first-degree misdemeanor domestic violence.
They were booked into the Mahoning County Jail late Monday. Both pleaded not guilty at their arraignments Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. Bond was set at $25,000 for both.
Investigators believe the pair repeatedly abused Heather’s mentally challenged brother, Scott McCrory, 24, who lived with them. Investigators on Friday said the couple shot McCrory with BB guns at such close range that the BBs embedded in his skin. They also said the couple refused to feed him at times and also struck him on several occasions.
The abuse prompted McCrory to run away from home July 24, causing a wide search and tearful cries for help from Heather Wymer. McCrory was eventually found in Niles two days after he fled.
McCrory is now living with his father in Trumbull County, authorities said.